Thursday, September 16, 2010

Housing Update

For those curious about the houses that Paige ran for in June ... remember that Heartline could buy 21 and then there were also 21 that Maxima S.A. agreed to match. To date 30 of the 42 have been built. The rest will also be built but land issues and logistics are in the works.  If you gave to this fund and would like a list of who got the first 30 houses we have that information and will email it to you upon request.

House being built in Grenier

From the Montreal Gazette-

"Moving people out of the camps into more secure shelter or permanent housing posed multiple challenges -design, logistical, social and economic. Questions of ownership and land tenure added layers of legal complications. 

She said most of those made homeless did not own the houses they were in but were paying rent. Homes piled higgledy-piggledy on Port-au-Prince's hillsides had collapsed, adding to the confusion of sorting out tenure and ownership. 

"It's very hard to get people to go back to their houses after they've been in a camp ... they don't have to pay rent in a camp. The camps have services, entertainment, food distribution," Cox said. She added that at the same time no one wanted the sprawling survivors' camps to become permanent. Cox said it was a "sad" comment on Haiti's poverty that some occupants of the camps might now be living in better conditions than previously."
Truthfully, it is easy to get discouraged with the progress in Haiti.  For every success story it seems there are multiple failures. We want to be people that hope.  We hope for more for Haiti and we hope and pray for the conditions the people live in as we focus on the small things that can be accomplished and can happen.   Keep praying for Haiti and if God nudges you, please keep giving.
"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat." T. Roosevelt